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Acknowledging our expertise in agricultural law

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NFU legal panel firm reappointment and Legal 500 2023 listings.

Our expertise and experience in agricultural and estates law has again been acknowledged and rewarded with our reappointment as one of only two legal panel firms for the National Farmers Union (NFU) North East region in the recent tender renewal process undertaken with the NFU and in our Tier 2 Legal 500 2023 listing for our specialism in Private Client – Agriculture & Estates.

Amy Clarkson, Head of Agriculture and Landed Estates & Senior Associate Solicitor, was not only instrumental in the team who took part in the tender renewal process, which sees the firm reappointed in October 2022 for a further three years to deliver specialist legal services to NFU members (we have been on the NFU legal Panel since 2008) but has also been named as a Rising Star by the Legal 500 2023 for Private Client – Agriculture & Estates work.

Being from an agricultural background herself, Amy has first-hand experience of the farming industry, which gives her a real understanding and knowledge of her farming client’s issues and concerns. She deals with all aspects of rural property, including purchases and sales of farms and large rural properties, secured lending and financing arrangements, overage agreements, deeds of easements, adverse possession, estate development and agricultural tenancy work.

Neil Largan, Head of Dispute Resolution, Director and Mediator, has been recognised as a Leading Mediator in The Legal 500 2023. Neil works closely with the NFU LAS team to provide specialist meditation for their Inter Member Mediation service for disputes for NFU members to help them try to come to an agreement that works for both sides over more litigious options.

Our agricultural lawyers have worked with a multitude of agriculture and rural landowners for many years. Our expertise in agricultural, horticultural and farming law covers diverse areas including farm business tenancies, partnership agreements, employment, dispute resolution, commercial mediation, agricultural property and land sales and purchases through to farm diversification schemes, rural crime, renewable energy, succession planning and a wide range of legal service for farming individuals and families including probate, conveyancing, family law and conveyancing. We also enjoy working with and supporting young farmers as they navigate their way through and into a farming business.

Our long-standing relationship with the NFU and the rural community in the Yorkshire region, means that we have a sound understanding of the issues which NFU members face, and we are therefore able to provide practical and helpful legal advice.

Adam Bedford, NFU Regional Director for the North East, said “I am delighted that Crombie Wilkinson has been reappointed as one of the North East NFU Legal Panel firms. We have worked with them for a long number of years, and we know they provide a superb service to the farming community and beyond. We look forward to working with them in the future to best serve the interests of our farming and growing membership.”

As well as providing legal advice, we enjoy serving and assisting our agricultural and rural community in a variety of ways – working with and supporting RABI, Women in Farming and Future Farmers of Yorkshire - and giving our continued support to the British farming and food sector.